Post-menopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis who are treated with raloxifene or alendronate or glucocorticoids have lower serum undercarboxylated osteocalcin levels.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Serum undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) is a biochemical bone marker of vitamin K insufficiency. It had been reported that bone resorption inhibitors tend to decrease the serum ucOC level in patients with primary osteoporosis. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, these results have never been reported. AIM We investigated risk factors which could change serum ucOC level in post-menopausal women with RA (no.=100). SUBJECTS AND METHODS Twenty patients received no bone resorption inhibitor (control), 30 received raloxifene (RLX), while 50 received alendronate (ALN). This cross-sectional study was limited to patients with low RA disease activity (Disease Activity Score-28 ≤3.2). We measured serum ucOC, and the data were analyzed by multivariable analysis, including ucOC and the other variables. RESULTS Scheffe's F test demonstrated a significant difference in serum ucOC levels between controls and the RLX group (p<0.01), and between controls and the ALN group (p<0.01). Serum ucOC levels were low in both treated groups. An adjusted multivariate analysis was performed for the variables: bone resorption inhibitor use, serum alkaline phosphatase, glucocorticoid dose, age, estimated glomerular filtration rate and matrix metalloproteinase 3. As a result, serum ucOC inversely correlated with bone resorption inhibitor use (p<0.01) and oral glucocorticoid dose (p<0.01), which were independent risk factors of lowering ucOC. CONCLUSIONS Bone resorption inhibitors and glucocorticoids were independent risk factors for lowering serum ucOC levels in post-menopausal RA patients.

DOI: 10.3275/7971

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@article{Mokuda2012PostmenopausalWW, title={Post-menopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis who are treated with raloxifene or alendronate or glucocorticoids have lower serum undercarboxylated osteocalcin levels.}, author={Sho Mokuda and Yoshinobu Okuda and Maki Onishi and Noriyoshi Sawada and Kaori Matoba and Atsushi Yamada and Kazuo Jouyama and Kiyoshi Takasugi}, journal={Journal of endocrinological investigation}, year={2012}, volume={35 7}, pages={661-4} }